Antiques Outings Last Updated: July 2021
One of Connecticut’s great treats is taking in the treasures of our antiques shops. It is likely that nearly every one of the state’s 169 towns has at least one antiques shop in its midst, and you are most welcome to poke along at your own pace and find them all. In the interest of time, however, we have a few highlights to tell you about.
Woodbury Antiques Trail
The best-known of all Connecticut’s antiques alleys is undoubtedly the one that runs along U.S. Route 6 through the historic town of Woodbury. From the north end of town all the way south, the roadside, also known as the Woodbury Antiques Trail, is lined with dozens of shops, some grand and others quite modest in nature. According to the Woodbury Antiques Dealers Association, Woodbury “has over a dozen professional dealers, offering virtually all categories, periods and styles of antiques, related accessories, gifts and bench-made reproductions from every corner of the world.”
Putnam Antiques Marketplace
At the other end of the state, in Putnam, you’ll find the Antiques Marketplace, an enormous affair with 350 dealer booths all under one roof in a 22,000-square-foot space. The merchandise runs from the local to the international, and the prices from affordable to, well, less affordable. Best of all, you never know what you might stumble onto when there are so many places to explore.
The Canal Street/Jefferson Street area of downtown Stamford has become a wonderful place for browsers and buyers to explore as well. The goods come from the 80 or so dealers on display at Stamford’s Antique and Artisan Gallery, and the high-end Greenwich Living Antiques & Design Center.
Sometimes, small antiques districts pop up in unexpected places. Bank Street in Seymour is home to a cluster, including Seymour Antiques Co. and Sher’s Bounty. You can park your car and easily walk to them all.
Old in Old Saybrook
In Old Saybrook, you can take in the pleasures of the waterfront as well as a handful of good antiques shops. Old Saybrook Antiques Center, for example, is a multi-dealer center specializing in American and Continental furniture.